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'Benfica loss may prove to be a blessing'

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After the Benfica loss, it was unfortunate that the Dundee match didn't take place, but I feel like referee Don Robertson made the correct decision to call off the game on Sunday morning.

With the ball being unable to bounce, it wouldn't have been much of a spectacle for the fans and it would have been dangerous for both sets of players.

Even though Rangers go into this international break one point behind Celtic in the league, it perhaps was a blessing that the Dundee match didn't go ahead given the number of players out injured.

Hopefully the guys who are away on international duty will come back healthy and hopefully the guys that are coming back from recent injuries will benefit from the extra week.

That extra rest will probably help guys such as John Lundstram, who has run himself into the ground in recent weeks.

It looks like this team have been running on empty for the last few weeks and going out to Benfica may also prove to be a blessing.

You never like to lose games, but when you look back at the last three Scottish teams who have gone deep in Europe: Celtic in 2003, Rangers in 2008 and again in 2022, they weren't able to back up those runs with league titles.

Rangers now have no distractions as they fight to complete the treble and the three games before the split are all must-wins if they are to wrestle the title back from Celtic.

One thing I hope the coaches work on during this break is set-plays. We don't appear dangerous from those situations and it's something that needs improving. I don't have the stats but it doesn't feel like the out-swinging corners offer much – maybe a switch to in-swingers will bear some fruit.

At this point it feels like nit-picking, as I doubt anyone would have believed we had a legitimate shot at winning the treble when Philippe Clement replaced Michael Beale. It seems so long ago, which is testament to the job he's done.

All focus is now on Hibs on 30 March; a repeat of the 2-0 win in the Scottish Cup would be most welcome.

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